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Nara Quest : Toshodaiji Temple (唐招提寺)

Toshodaiji Temple

Toshodaiji Temple, a world heritage, is the headquarters of the Ritsu Sect of Buddhism.
The temple was established in 759 when Ganjin Wajo(688 to 763), a high Buddhist priest of the Tang Dynasty, opened Toritsushodai-ji Temple here to help people learn the Buddhism by Japanese Buddhists studying in China,Ganjin Wajo decided to go to Japan. Overcoming the hardship that even took the loss of his eyesight, he crossed the ocean to arrive in Japan on his sixth such attempt in 753.

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Toshodaiji is a world heritage.

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Kondo(Golden Hall or Main Hall):Nara era(8th century)

Kondo,seen in the front when passing through the Nandai-mon(Southern Great Gate), is the building that represents Toshodaiji Temple. Inside Kon-do,there are the principal seated Rushana Buddha statue, the standing Yakushi Tathagata statue and the standing Thousand Armed Avalokiteshwara. National treasure.
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Kodo(Lecture Hall):Nara era(8th century)

Kodo is a building removed from Heijo Palace and reconstructed, where the principal seated Maitreya Tathagata statue(important cultural property, Kamakura era), the standing Jikoku-ten stature and the standing Zojo-ten statue(important cultural property, Nara era), etc. are enshrined. National treasure.

Koro(Multi-storied building):Kamakura era(13th century)

Because Buddha’s ashes brought by Ganjin Wajo were enshrined here, it is also called “Shariden (reliquary hall)”. In the Zushi (miniature shrine) within the building, the Kinki (golden tortoise) reliquary is enshrined. National treasure.

Rye-do(Chapel) and Higashi-muro(East room):Kamakura era(13th century)

The large building long in a north-south direction was originally the sleeping quarters of monks.
It is divided between south and north at the central passage, and the southern half, Rye-do, is used as the venue for the “Memorial Ceremony for Shakyamuni Buddha”. Important cultural properties.
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Kyozo (Storehouse of sutras) and Hozo (Storehouse of treasures):Nara era(8th sentury)

Kyozo is the oldest building in the Toshodaiji Temple complex. To its north is Hozo, which was built when Toshodaiji Temple was constructed. It is a typical azekura or wooden repository. National treasure.
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Meay-do Hall:Edo period, removed and reconstructed in 1963

Ganjin Wajo’s statue (national treasure) is apotheosized here, being surrounded by his seated statue, door paintings, fusuma-e paintings and wall paintings dedicated to him by the great painter Higashiyama Kaii (1908 to 1999). Important cultural properties.

Four seasons of Toshodaiji Temple

The transitions of seasons can be felt across the large grounds of Toshodaiji Temple from its location in the western suburbs of Nara City. After plum and cherry blossoms in the spring, qiong-huas in the Kuge-en Garden of Meay-do bloom, signaling the arrival of summer. In the fresh green of summer, lotuses and irises come into bloom.
In autumn, bush clover colors the grounds. After the autumnally tinged leaves fall, preparations being for events to welcome the New Year.

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Lotuses – In the Kuge-en Garden –

 

■Access information■
Admission hours: 8:30 to 17:00
(Visitors are requested to enter before 16:30)
12-46 Gojo-cho, Nara City, Nara
Tel:0742-33-7900
http://www.toshodaiji.jp/

 

Source : The official Guide

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